It Has to Start Sometime

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New beginnings are always a great time! I am constantly in awe of the resoluteness one needs for the closing of the door behind to walk slowly but assuredly away from one’s comfort. And then how soon it can be followed by the exhilaration and anticipation of new worlds to be found in the opening of the doors ahead.

This is where I find myself. Wanting… Maybe even needing… to enter a new unexplored world. Yet I still enjoy and find fulfillment and rest in the world in which I presently reside.

Living simultaneously in two worlds… It can’t last forever… But while it does, I will enjoy the ride.

Mistakes

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Mistakes… They are part of life.

In all likelihood, a world-changer has to alter his path every single day because of an error or miscalculation.

Mistakes are inevitable. Own up…Move on.

Mistakes – or at least the possibility of a gaffe- keeps you on your toes.  The unknown keeps life exciting!

Do not be a person who plays it so safe that mistakes are rare.

Mistakes can sometimes lead to great achievements.

Knowing that a mistake is possible allows us to pay more attention to the magnificent ride called life.

Mistakes are inevitable.

NOTE TO SELF: Shoot for the stars. A miscalculation and a forced moon landing is still a major step! Rejoice!



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You know you are having a bad day when you actually need these signs! 



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Miniature: Mountains from Molehills

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There are days when molehills become mountains.

Every word spoken in any close proximity to you seem to have a dagger’s edge and squarely aimed at your behind.

Every darted glance is noticed. And the implications of said glance magnified.

I am sure you have had those days.

Sometimes it is so hard to remember not to make a mountain out of a molehill.



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Learning

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I Am a Teacher.




Of course, I want my students to become master craftsmen in the arts of reading, writing, and mathematics. I will bust-my-bottom every single day so that each of them are successful.

But what is most important to me, for each and every student in my circle-of-influence to learn this year are…

the same skills that we all started learning in kindergarten.

  • Share everything.
  • Play fair.
  • Don’t hit people.
  • Put things back where you found them.
  • Clean up your own mess.
  • Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
  • Say you’re SORRY when you HURT somebody.
  • When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
  • Live a balanced life – learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
  • If the dream is held close to the heart, and imagination is applied to what there is close at hand. Everything is still possible.

― Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

If my students begin to comprehend the world a little clearer because of the mastery of the art that I love, and I- in some small way- can continue to allow these ten truths to become planted a little deeper into their lives, then I will be allowed to boldly proclaim… “This Year, I Am a Teacher.”

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SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2016 WEEK #34

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SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2016

WEEK #34



  • What is your favorite comfort snack food?
  • Is the paper money in your possession right now organized sequentially according to denomination and with the bills right side up and facing the same way?
  • If you were a mouse in your house in the evening, what would you see your family doing?
  • Would you rather not be able to read or not be able to speak?


What is your favorite comfort snack food?

This summer I have had a love affair wiht comfort food. Apparently, I am very easy to comfort.

  • Barbeque Chicken and Fries
  • Rice Krispie Cookies
  • Steak and Corn-on-the-Cob
  • Banana Splits
  • Almond Joy, Snickers, Baby Ruth, Mounds, and Milky Way Candy Bars
  • Raspberry Milkshakes
  • A Full-House Pizza with a chilled Mountain Dew

Is the paper money in your possession right now organized sequentially according to denomination and with the bills right side up and facing the same way?

Please, do not tell. I am not very neat will my wallet. Folded-Stuffed-Sideways.

If you were a mouse in your house in the evening, what would you see your family doing?

This summer, I have been a lone wolf. A mouse would find me- after several hours at the keyboard- relaxing and reading a spy/thriller or bingeing on NetFlix. (Of course, I would have several courses of comfort surrounding me.)

Would you rather not be able to read or not be able to speak?

Not being able to speak- I am certainly NOT wishing this on myself- but this would probably keep me out of trouble. Reading is a necessary. I could write down anything that was worth allowing teh world in on in my life.



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FIFTY

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Many say fifty is the new thirty-five or forty. But to me, fifty is fifty…It’s just a number.

Age is a figment of one’s mind.

The most important rule that I have learned about life, I have learned through helping my students overcome obstacles… CELEBRATE!



RULES TO LIVE BY

RULE # 1: Find something to celebrate every day.

RULE #2. Always obey Rule #1! 



As I was thinking about what is different in my life not a 50+++… compared to 25, I ruminated on these ten things:

  1. Senior citizen discounts exist.
  2. Afternoon naps are fun again.
  3. You are better at setting goals worthy of your time.
  4. You are learning to make the time for the things that are truly important to you.
  5. Nature walks are actually enjoyable.
  6. Working up a sweat comes easily.
  7. Music allows memories to resonate.
  8. Hobbies can become passions and passions can become life’s rewards
  9. Finding yourself has been done.
  10. You finally are beginning to know what you want to do when you grow up.

NOTE TO SELF: You have passed 50 several years ago. But if you want 50+ more, there are a few good habits that you had better develop a passion for doing.



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